Works! Fix Chrome is Managed by your Organization (in 3 steps!)

Important I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don’t provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty.

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Personally, I no longer use Google Chrome but it’s the only option in my office. But back when I did use Chrome at home, I would get this ridiculous message on my personal computer even though it was owned and managed by me and no one else. If Google Chrome displays a message:

“This browser is managed by your organization”

This problem can be caused by password managers, such as LastPass and also some antivirus software.

You can fix Chrome is managed by your organization by regedit and deleting the keys:

  1. Start Regedit. The easiest way is pressing the Window Key +R and typing regedit.
  2. Find each of these registry entries and delete them. This is a bit of a blunt force fix and does have some risk but it has worked for me.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  1. You’re done!

Notes:

  • Deleting these registry entries may disable other plugins – you have been warned. If that happens, you will have to reinstall that plugin.
  •  Once removed, Chrome’s default Password Manager will start again and want to save passwords. You can disable Chrome’s Password Manager in Settings – Autofill –  Offer to Save Passwords (Turn Off)
  • Password Manager updates can undo this and make the “browser is managed by your organization” message re-appear. So you may need to delete these registry entries again.

Why do password managers do this? LastPass tech support explains:

LastPass extension uses a Chrome API that is only ever supposed to be used when Chrome is being managed by an organization. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop that registry key from being inserted.

Reminder: I am not affiliated with Google or Chrome and this is my personal experience. This requires some basic technical capabilities and being comfortable using regedit. If you are not comfortable doing this, do not proceed as I don’t provide technical support, accept liability, or a warranty.